Call it Monday Morning AutoMata. This great simulation of Conway’s Game of Life which runs a smaller game inside itself. phlipping writes:
A video of Conway’s Game of Life, emulated in Conway’s Game of Life.
Inspired by this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtJ77qsLrpw I made a similar video, but with the speed and scale varying smoothly over time, rather than in discrete jumps as the original video did.
The life simulator used is Golly – http://golly.sourceforge.net/ which has a built-in script to generate these metapixel grids (select a pattern, and choose “metafier.py” from the scripts list). For more information about the metapixel pattern, see http://otcametapixel.blogspot.com/
The actual video is exported from Golly using a custom Python script: http://pastebin.com/8vVGCgKE (since Golly built-in only supports rendering the view with a scale which is a power of 2, for performance reasons – this is not a particularly well-optimised or fast script to run).
I can’t help but think how cool this would be projected (or installed) on the side of a building opposite a waterfront or canal.
editor’s note: original quote contained a bad link to the Shepard Tone WP page, so I fixed it. All other quote content is directly from the YouTube video.